Boxing team salvages four medals in Mozambique

…and finishes 4th

Baitshepi Sekgweng

The Botswana boxing team finished 4th at the just ended Zone IV Boxing Championships which were held in Maputo, Mozambique. The team, which comprised of two male and two female boxers, won four medals; two gold, one silver and one bronze.

The gold medalists include Mohammed Otukile who defeated South African Bongani Nocelo 3-0 in the 52kg category while Keamogetse Kenosi beat Zanele Kebeni of South Africa 2-1 in the 60kg light weight division.

Aratwa Kesemang won a silver medal in the 64kg after suffering a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Helena Alicinda Panguaua of Mozambique in the final. Tefo Maitewa completed Botswana’s medal count by winning a bronze in the male 56kg. He lost to Milanzi Hassan of Zimbabwe.

Speaking to this publication, team manager Dirang Thipe said they are satisfied with the results. “As the association (Botswana Boxing Association) we are impressed with the performance of the team more so considering the fact that we didn’t send a team to the competition last year. The level of competition was very high of which I believe it gave them a very serious test going into the Commonwealth Games, I believe our team is ready for the competition,” Thipe stated.

Thipe further highlighted that the team will continue with their training camp for the Commonwealth Games. “There is no break; as soon as they (team) arrive they will continue with the camp till they leave for the Commonwealth Games. We are also expecting another international competition soon. Poland has invited us so we will be working on the trip this week,” said Thipe, who is also BoBA Vice President.

BoBA intends to send the same number of athletes to the Commonwealth Games that are slated for Gold Coast, Australia from the 4th-15th April this year.

Rankings based on medal count

  1. Mozambique-14 (6 gold, 2 silver, 6 bronze)
  2. South Africa-10 (2 gold, 6 silver, 2 bronze)
  3. Zimbabwe-8 (2 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze)
  4. Botswana-4 (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
  5. Lesotho-4 (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
  6. Seychelles-2 (1 gold, 1 bronze)
  7. Swaziland-4 (1 silver, 3 bronze)